Infographic: Aviation Accidents

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was a scheduled transpacific passenger flight from Incheon International Airport near Seoul, South Korea, to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the United States. On the morning of Saturday, July 6, 2013, the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft operating the flight crashed on final approach into SFO. Of the 307 people aboard, two passengers died at the crash scene, and a third died in a hospital several days later, all three of them teenage Chinese girls. Another 187 individuals were injured, 49 of them seriously. Among the injured were three flight attendants who were thrown onto the runway while still strapped in their seats when the tail section broke off after striking the seawall short of the runway. It was the first crash of a Boeing 777 that resulted in fatalities since that aircraft model entered into service in 1995. [1]

Since the mid 1980’s, the trend has been a downward one; mapping a rough line, flying fatalities have decreased by around 60% in the last twenty years.

Loss of control during flight (turbulence especially) has caused the most fatalities – 1,573 over 18 accidents.

‘Controlled flight into or towards terrain’ also caused 18 accidents but fewer deaths (1,078) – this basically means a flight-worthy craft is crashed into land, so assuming human error.

Deaths are also mapped around the world, and he most dangerous sections of the flight are also mapped – with the approach and landing normally cause the problems.

The safest (and, sadly for China Airlines, least safe) airlines are also profiled. [2]



[1] –, Asiana Airlines Flight 214, Wikipedia,

[2] Ben Harrow, ‘Aviation Accidents’ – an aerophobic’s worst nightmare, News by Design, July 10, 2013,




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